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Volume 9, Issue 4

December, 2008

Pioneer Memorial Forms Foundation

Pioneer Memorial Foundation held its first meeting December 11. The newly charted organization will guide fundraising efforts in support of Pioneer

February 28 is nearing,

Get Ready For The Plunge!

Start planning now to participate in Pioneer Memorial’s 2nd Annual Polar Plunge! The event is scheduled for Saturday, February 28 with a “snow date” of March 7. It will again be held at Swan Lake, just north of Viborg.

Participants will collect pledges of support with a minimum of $50 needed to plunge. All proceeds will be used to fund a project in the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home.

Memorial Hospital & Health Services, according to Brendyn Richards, Director of Development.

Area volunteers who have agreed to serve on the board include: Bill Hansen, Centerville, Economic Development Coordinator/Banker/Farmer, Arlen Jensen, Viborg, hobby farmer and former PMH&HS Board member, Dr. George Jenter, Sturgis, Osteopathic Family Physician, Mark Kasten, Parker, State Farm Insurance Agent for Parker and Freeman, Charles Larsen, Hurley, Retired Farmer, Eldon Nygaard, Vermillion/Viborg, State Legislator/ Attorney/Farmer/Business Owner, Bob Satter, Irene, Retired Banker, and Blanche Vannorsdel, Viborg, Farmer/ Owner.

Hospital Board Representatives on the Foundation include Melanie

Parsons, President, Gary Ward, Vice President, and Paul Christensen, Secretary.

Hospital staff represented on the Board include Georgia Pokorney, CEO, Anne Christiansen, CFO, Richards, and Kathy Skotvold, Administrative Assistant (Recorder/Minutes).

Newly elected officers of the Foundation include President: Bill Hansen, Vice President: Melanie Parsons, and Secretary/Treasurer, Mark Kasten.

Committee assignments are: Policy, Melanie Parsons, chair, Dr. George Jenter, Eldon Nygaard and Blanche Vannorsdel members; Finance, Bob Satter, chair, Paul Christensen, Bill Hansen and Mark Kasten, members; and Nominating, Gary Ward, chair, Arlen Jensen and Charles Larsen, members.

Each participant will receive a Polar Plunge long sleeve t-shirt and lunch. Trophies will be awarded for the top participants raising the most money.

The entire Swan Lake Christian Camp has been reserved providing plenty of changing and “warming” rooms. A hot lunch of soup, taverns and bars will be served in the main dining room immediately after the plunge.

Spectators are encouraged, so even if you’re not ready to take the plunge yourself, come to Swan Lake Christian Camp on the 28th to cheer on the participants. Join us immediately following the event for a free-will-donation hot lunch.

Proceeds from last year’s Polar Plunge are being used to renovate the Nursing Home’s therapy tub room and to install a new whirlpool tub. We recently received authorization from the state to proceed with the remodeling and hope to complete the project in the near future.

$15,000 Grant Announced for Pharmacy

The Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Mary Adams Balmat, Bloomington, MN, recently awarded a $15,000 grant to Pioneer Memorial for our Centerville Pharmacy Project.

Brendyn Richards, Director of Development, explained, “This grant helps move us forward in acquiring necessary funds to match Dr. Faithe’s challenge grant of $50,000. We will receive the entire Challenge Grant once we raise $100,000 in gifts. We are also working with several major donors on naming opportunities.”

Total amount received or pledged to the project thus far, including the $15,000 grant, is about $82,000. Richards explained that in addition to these dollars, he is awaiting word on the outcome of several other grant applications he has submitted.

Mary Adams Balmat established the Adams-Mastrovich Foundation in 1957

to sustain her philanthropic interests. Upon her death in 1993, the Foundation received the major portion of her estate with the proviso that only charitable organizations in South Dakota and southern California be funded.

Mary Adams Balmat was born in 1898 in Lead, SD. Widowed at a young age, she married William Emory Adams II in 1927. He was a prominent businessman in Deadwood, SD as well as its mayor for six terms during the 1920s. The couple maintained residences in both SD and CA. Their home in Deadwood now belongs to the local Historic Preservation Commission. Over the years she shared her resources with education, the performing arts, institutions of higher learning, Roman Catholic parishes, hospitals, museums and libraries as well as programs for battered women and an organization serving delinquent teenage boys.

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